Utilizing a project-based learning strategy to integrate actual research into the classroom

Brian Fleming, Eduventures
Jack Dempsey, Innovation in Learning Center, University of South Alabama

While the Quality Matters (QM) rubric pushes institutions to improve the overall design and usability of online courses, most of its impact occurs during initial course design and release, and primarily at the course-level only. This is a crucial first step, but in today’s climate, use of QM only is not enough. In addition to QM, institutions also need a comprehensive post-design and continuous improvement strategy that includes targeted analysis of key performance metrics to quantitativelyā€ˇ assess course and overall program performance. These metrics aim to assess student and faculty engagement in a live course environment, and may include examination of collaboration strategies, 21st century learning skills, practical application of content, and course aesthetics and layout.
Eduventures has worked with various institutions to develop a review process to empower online program leaders to arrive at an aggregated, quantified measure of instructional effectiveness in the post-design phases of course implementation. This process aims to:

This session will share insight from our current research in online performance assessment with insight into policies and practices that will help you improve the quality and impact of your online programs. Its intended outcome is to provide leaders with insight and tools for ongoing course review, faculty training, program development, and knowledge building to create a climate of online teaching and learning excellence.